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IATA Reviews in Montreal, QC

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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IATA – Switzerland – “Antiproductive open space offices”
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2.0 27 reviews

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IATA Director General & CEO Tony Tyler

Tony Tyler

(5 ratings)

23% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonably good salary, but nothing special (in 8 reviews)

  • Better than average pay, good benefits such as health insurance, holidays (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • In the pre-Tyler years senior management adopted a bullying style and set impossible targets (in 16 reviews)

  • Management by fear and blame culture (in 5 reviews)

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    Good overall experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsVacations (12.5 days every 6 months), very decent coffee machines.

    ConsIf you do not work in a department with a good revenue / budget then you are not very likely to stay after your internship. Your position will be re-posted in the careers website even before you are gone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAfter several months of training and specialization many interns are let go given that permanent employees are more expensive to hire. However, one fully functional intern (potential permanent employee) can easily do the job of two new hired interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    change is the constant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Prosinternational company with multi-cultural staff. Great colleagues and professionals. People are passionate for the industry. An interesting experience in a different non-profit organization where sales and marketing drive the business

    ConsManagement by fear. Weird atmosphere. People were treated poorly. Only a chosen few could beneficiate to some training or any other treatment, such as bonus or awards.

    Advice to Senior Managementrespect your people. believe in the values you have posted on every walls.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience with very little to no prospects - definitely not the best option as a career starter

    Intern (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat knowledgeable people from around the globe. Working environment and corporate culture are good - a lot of activities to stay both mentally (industry updates during lunch breaks, conferences and business trips) and physically (team building and football club) fit, learning curve and great feeling of making a contribution to something big.

    ConsNo promotion prospects is the biggest concern. Interns seem to be considered as cheap labor force and are hired when the company is "out of hands" on a project. Hence, chances of staying after an internship are close to zero. HR policies with fancy wording are good only on paper, internal promotion doesn't work due to both lack of motivation (interns come and go, hence the long-felt attitude that you are here only temporarily) and lack of job openings (huge gap in terms of availability - almost no entry-level positions that I could consider a continuation to my work as an intern; an absurdly big number of senior management job postings though).

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternship program should be designed as a way of prospective development for an organization, and not a temporary fix to a worker shortage problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I learnt alot from my internship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Prosvery multicultural, people are nice and friendly, many conferences happening, chance to build a network of professionals, as an intern they give you a lot of responsibilities, which is a great learning experience

    Conssalary too low, no room for career development, lots of politics happening behind the scene, people are not necessarily the best fit for their positions. I met people with no expertise who were having managerial positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great workplace. Nice people from all over the world.

    Manager (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsHigh salary, superb insurance, great work.

    ConsPromotion is not so common.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A truly horrible experience

    Director (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGood salaries with tax free advantages for expats, good location in downtown Montreal, very nice working colleagues at the 'ground level'.

    ConsIn the pre-Tyler years senior management adopted a bullying style and set impossible targets. The Human Capital organisation had far too much power and wielded it with no compassion. IATA employs many people with a good understanding of the industry, but management has little interest in motivating people to contribute to industry improvement. IATA is really just a money making machine with too many egos in the senior management team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlush out ALL of the old school of management. Radical surgery is the only way. Also, the old brand and image needs a complete revamp.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, bad management

    Manager (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsYou get to meet people from all around the world, with great expertise and a real passion for aviation. Projects are interesting and the aviation industry is truely fascinating. You get to travel frequently depending on your role. Good benefits.

    ConsYou never know if today is your last day. Employees are scared of human resources. High turnover. Management by fear. Very bureaucratic, you can drown in processes and wait very long for approvals. Higher management takes credit for your hard work, and career opportunities are based on political moves rather than the work that has been achieved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more, stop scaring employees with monthly purges. Clean up the C and D bands.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    "Axis of Evil" is finally broken

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsBetter pay, travel facilities, other benefits. Many in the industry still regard the Association as influential

    ConsNo Industry expertise. Senior Management not knowledgeable. A lot was expected of the new DG but nothing much has changed except the jargon and rhetoric. Too many undeserving people have had their jobs protected under the project Blue Skies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApparently IATA is going to rid itself of some its despicable past very soon, perhaps its time to reverse some of evil policies of that era. E.g. at the moment those who were fired in the past during IATA's numerous "purges" cannot be re-employed. This should be changed immediately. Some of them may still qualify for existing or forthcoming job vacancies (whether they would want to come back or not may be another issue) and should be allowed to apply. Some of the lost industry expertise could thus be brought back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good and bad

    Intern, IATA Distance Learning Support (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsOpportunity for students that are still in university and new grads; opportunity to work inside a major organization and gain a lot of knowledge of the air transport industry.

    ConsAs soon as you are done an internship they can easily forget about you; they hire a lot of interns because they are a lot "cheaper" than full-time permanent employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive for chance for interns to grow in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cosmopolitan, relaxed atmosphere but disorganized (2006, not 2008)

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsColleagues are from all over the world and generally very motivated. Relatively relaxed atmosphere, great location in downtown Montreal and very nice building. HR is able to fast-track foreign employees and also provide free French classes through the Québec government. Clubs allow for getting to know employees outside of work.

    ConsManagement, and senior management especially, was often disorganized and very last minute. Micromanaging on the part of senior managers. Employees come and go - lots of turnover. There's a lack of job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be better organized, consider retaining employees rather than retraining temps, micromanage less and leave it to middle managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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